Week After Art Fair Song Fest 25th Anniversary Week After Art Fair Song Fest 25th Anniversary

Jane Schoonmaker Rodgers

Week After Art Fair Song Fest 25th Anniversary

Kevin Bylsma




Classical, Jazz, Beyond

Week After Art Fair Song Fest 25th Anniversary

25th Year Gala Celebration Concert

This is a FREE event.

  • Kevin Bylsma, artistic director and piano
  • Jane Schoonmaker Rodgers, soprano/general director

Event Details

Celebrating 25 years! Just as the myriad offerings at Ann Arbor’s famous Art Fair span a gloriously large variety of visual art genres, Kerrytown’s Week After Art Fair Song Fest spans an equally large variety of musical genres between July 25 and July 27.

This special concert welcomes back star singers who will be performing favorites from earlier Fests!

This is a FREE event!

Kevin Bylsma

Kevin Bylsma is an accomplished pianist and vocal coach and is well-known in the Midwest for his work in art song, opera and oratorio. As head of music preparation for the Toledo Opera, he had coached productions of Tosca, The Tales of Hoffmann and The Magic Flute. He has served as music director of the Department of Community Programs for the Michigan Opera Theatre from 1993–97 and was vocal coach, accompanist and chorus master for OPERA! Lenawee from 1992 to 1997. Other music directing credits include the Lyric Chamber Ensemble of Detroit and the Papagena Opera Company of Ann Arbor. He has appeared throughout the United States, Canada and Europe as an organist, pianist and accompanist. In the summer of 1996, he toured Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic with tenor Robert Mirshak. Most recently, he has appeared in master classes and recitals with soprano Diana Soviero and mezzo-soprano Irina Mishura. He has served as principal keyboardist with the Adrian and Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestras and was the winner of a number of competitive awards, including the Robert Glasgow Organ Scholarship from the University of Michigan and the Lucille Mehaffie Young Artist Award. He currently serves as an instructor at Bowling Green State University and assistant organist at the historic Mariner’s Church in Detroit.

Jane Schoonmaker Rodgers

Soprano Jane Schoonmaker Rodgers’ concert, recital, choral, and stage engagements have taken her around the world: New York, London, Vienna, and Prague, as well as to Chicago, Detroit, Toledo, Syracuse, and other Great Lakes cities. Recent activities have included performances and recordings with the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Toledo and National Polish Radio Symphonies, Moravian Philharmonic, American Composers’ Alliance, Mid-American Center for Contemporary Music, and the Society for New Music. She appears frequently at KCH, including the annual Wine, Women and Song concerts. She is currently an associate professor of voice at Bowling Green State University.

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